Nobody cares about fines. I don't care. It doesn't matter. I am going to keep playing the way I play, and if we keep getting a FedEx every week and win football games, I could care less about getting a FedEx." -- Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans' cornerback, Sept. 29, 2010
Cortland Finnegan was speaking then not about his second consecutive fine -- second straight! -- from the NFL this season for overly aggressive play that was hazardous to his opponent. That punishment was for $5,000 for tackling Giants receiver Steve Smith by the helmet in Week 3. It followed a $5,000 fine from the season's second weekend for baiting Steelers receiver Hines Ward into a fight.
To prove his open disdain for league authority even further, Finnegan followed his shenanigans against the Giants by sneaking in a punch against Broncos offensive lineman Chris Kuper, according to eyewitness Kyle Orton, Denver's quarterback. The league reviewed videotape of the allegation and doubled its earlier fines for Finnegan. It docked him $10,000.
"I was just being me," Finnegan said.